Mikvah When Husband Away

July 12, 2022 | by Rabbi Pinchas Waldman

The date I’m scheduled to go the mikvah my husband will be out of town. Do I have to wait until he returns first?

The Aish Rabbi Replies

It’s fine to go the mikvah on time. The general custom is that women do not immerse when their husbands are away (some explain that it is for Kabbalistic reasons). However, one night in advance is definitely advisable so that you are permitted when your husband returns.

(Sources: Shulchan Aruch Y.D. 197:2; Beit Yosef there; Beit Yitzchak, Sha’ar HaSefaikot 61, Aruch HaShulchan Y.D. 197:3, Shevus Yaakov III 77.)

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